Documentary Belgian Umicore Solar Team part 5Documentary Belgian Umicore Solar Team part 5

Here is episode four of the ongoing documentary about the Belgian Umicore Solar Team’s participation in the 2011 World Solar Challenge. This episode is especially interesting as it shows the severe battery problems the team experienced. The footage of this incident can be seen from 4m50s:

Here is episode four of the ongoing documentary about the Belgian Umicore Solar Team’s participation in the 2011 World Solar Challenge. This episode is especially interesting as it shows the severe battery problems the team experienced. The footage of this incident can be seen from 4m50s:

8 thoughts on “Documentary Belgian Umicore Solar Team part 5Documentary Belgian Umicore Solar Team part 5

  1. Whoa that battery fire looks groovy. Too bad (for us foreigners) everything is in Belgian. What are the subtitles? Dutch?

  2. @Jamie: Yeah, the documentary clearly shows it was a shock to the whole team. The subtitles are in Dutch which to me is peculiar as the Belgians speak quite clear Dutch (with a Belgian/Flemish accent of course).

    @Diederik: Yeah, gas masks might be an option. I looked back through chat logs and apparently having a gas mask in the solar car was mandatory until 2003? I guess the “you have to able to get get out in 10 seconds” rule makes carrying a gas mask a but superfluous. On the other hand, the guys yanking the battery from the solar car and carrying it a few metres must have breathed quite a bit of smoke.

  3. Yeah in ’03 or ’05 we had one in the car but it should be mandatory for the safety team that pulls out the battery… I know a lot of teams have them in their rear escort.

  4. Well looking at the movie, a full chemical hazmat suit should be mandatory in the next race, when handling the Li-Ion battery. ;)

  5. By the way, I think the “mask-in-car”-rule was abolished because it takes just as much time for the driver to put it on as it is to get out of the car.

  6. Nice documentary, I enjoyed watching it! We’ll see if the next Umicore team can bring them back in the top-3.